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  • Dead Wrong

  • Blackmoore Sisters, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

There’s more than one secret in the old Blackmoore house. Some have been buried for a long time and some are sitting closer to the surface. Morgan and Fiona Blackmoore enjoy their simple life in the sleepy ocean-side town of Noquitt Maine where they offer herbal remedies and crystal healing for locals and tourists alike.... Until Morgan is accused of killing the town shrew, Prudence Littlefield.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Short

  • By Farrell on 03-25-15

Not Terrible

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-19

After listening to Hollis McCarthy's delightful narration of the Jane Frost series, I expected this to be more fun. The story itself is fine. Not brilliant, but a nice start to a series about a family of sisters who are "not witches" (though I think they are and maybe don't know it yet. Their cat is certainly not your run of the mill feline).

When a story is not as clever or interesting as it might be, a narrator can often perk it up with energy and humor and characters. (in the same vein, a great story can be brought down by a mediocre read) This didn't happen for me in Dead Wrong. Leighann Dobbs has delivered an okay book in a genre whose readers are always hungry for more.

The Blackwell sisters all have different colored hair and interesting names so we can tell them apart. It's simplistic, but it works - particularly in audio. There's murder and a biased police investigation that runs alongside a deeper, amateur one. Ms. McCarthy could have given us a bit more oomph in her read, but she didn't. It's always hard to know if that was her choice or the choice of whomever directed her, but for me, the result was a book that's only okay. I won't return it, but I also won't continue with the series.

I think it's fine for a beach or plane listen, but it could have been so much better.

  • Gone Fishing in Lottawatah

  • Brianna Sullivan Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Evelyn David
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Has pregnancy affected Brianna's psychic abilities? When Doc Myers, her mother's boyfriend, who also happens to be Brianna's boss, is kidnapped and a respected member of the community turns up dead, this medium doesn't have a clue. It's hard to fight crime when you're fighting 24/7 morning sickness. With ghosts only talking in riddles, Brianna must rely on old-fashioned sleuthing and her intuition to find Doc and stop the murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagine being a Medium & working with DBs all day!

  • By Maggie May on 01-22-19

Imagine being a Medium & working with DBs all day!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This is my first dip into the Brianna Sullivan series. Though it is book 14, it stands up well on its own. I don't feel I missed any backstory to this plot at all.

In Gone Fishing, Brianna is a newish bride and expectant mother living in a small town. She works for the town mortuary (but not with the icky stuff) and her husband is chief of police. She comes from a long line of sensitives. Brianna and her grandmother are mediums and her mother is good at 'finding things'.

Brianna takes her gift in stride, sorting through requests for help from long-time ghosts and more urgent demands of the newly or nearly dead. Fortunately, her husband groks her and accepts her help in solving crime - up to a point. I mean, she's pregnant and isn't endangering only herself when she takes (quite a few) risks.

It's a fun listen. Ms. David has created distinct characters and an engaging, but not overly complex plotline. This is the first in the series for narrator Cindy Piller and she does a great job. Her delivery is quick and bright and she has a great grasp of the humor. She's on point with her characters. I hope Cindy and the series continue for years to come.

I certainly can recommend this one for any escapists out there.

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  • 6 Killer Bodies

  • Body Movers Novel, Book 6
  • By: Stephanie Bond
  • Narrated by: Maureen Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

A killer remains at large...Carlotta Wren's world is crumbling beneath her well-shod feet. One of her closest friends has been arrested as the Charmed Killer, but Carlotta refuses to believe it. And to prove her friend's innocence, Carlotta goes against her boyfriend Peter's wishes and resumes her after-hours body-moving duties.And then...Peter pressures her for an answer to his proposal...Her troubled brother Wesley goes missing...And the madman stalking the city strikes again, this time a little too close to home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please use Southern narrators for Southern settings!

  • By LDOLD on 07-28-18

There's a lot to unpack here

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I bought the first five books of this series with the previous narrator Cassandra Campbell. Campbell's a good narrator (she reminds me a bit of Johanna Parker from the Sookie Stackhouse series), but she works without a net or proofer so I had some issues with her. (Chik-Fil-Ah? REALLY? ) In addition, the series seemed at the time to have stopped at 5 books and we were all left hanging. Unhappy doesn't really cover how I felt about the situation. I didn't notice until recently that there were finally more books out and that they'd all be re-recorded.
Maureen Jones is a fine narrator, but feels maybe too mature for the under 30 Carlotta. Also, as many have pointed out, she's Canadian. Or, if she isn't...she gives a great imitation. She can do some Southern, but is sparing with it - which really does work for Atlanta. So many here either aren't from here or have had the accent educated out of them. And, again, a local proofer would have been good. We don't say Ponce de Leon in a rational way down here, but Ms. Jones, unfortunately, does.

What I do like about her is her comic timing. She sees a joke and can deliver it. (I do like her work much more in Coma Girl than in this series though)

The series itself? It's both compelling and drawn out. Six books is a long time to still not decide between three men.
But - I've listened to 1-6 back to back because I really want to know who she'll choose.

Ms. Bond is a very funny lady and she can craft a solid mystery. Even her darkest characters seem to have a light side, which makes it a little harder to hate the villainous ones. Honestly though, there are times I just want to shake Carlotta or Wesley by the shoulders until their teeth rattle. Those presents are still under that damn sad tree? What?

Anyway - I'm very glad I found the series again once it was finished (At least, I think it's finished) because the books are cliffhangers and I don't have that kind of patience. Unlike Carlotta. So if you don't have nine credits, don't venture here until you do.

  • Coma Girl: The Complete Daily Serial

  • By: Stephanie Bond
  • Narrated by: Maureen Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Now available: the complete Coma Girl daily serial! From the international best-selling author of Stop the Wedding! and the Body Movers mystery series comes a story of family drama, suspense, comedy, and romance. In Coma Girl, a victim of a tragic event lies in a hospital bed, at the mercy of friends and relatives who think she can't hear them. But she so can. This version of Coma Girl contains the complete daily serial, six months of entries. Don't miss out on this laugh-out-loud, fun story everyone else is talking about!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By TerriZ on 04-18-19

Ever dreamed of being a fly on the wall?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This book felt personalized for me: running stream of consciousness, secrets, humor, secrets, revelations, betrayals, connections, repercussions, secrets, set in my adopted home town...and did I mention secrets? ALL THE SECRETS!
I didn't turn it off until it was done.

Marigold is the quintessential middle child. Leaned on. Overlooked. Left to blossom on her own, her life is okay, but nothing spectacular on the surface. The man she loves is about to marry someone else. And then...she lands in the coma ward ("vegetable patch") of a hospital after a head-on collision that everybody else walked away from. I'm sure there was a good reason Ms. Bond chose "Brady" (Grady) hospital for her setting, but if you ever have brain trauma in Atlanta - go to Emory.

While in her coma, she sometimes sleeps, but often is aware. She hears everything going on around her and, for some reason, people begin to confide in her. She also learns secrets from the people who behave as if she's not even in the room. Juggling all this information is probably how she keeps from going batty while she's lying there, trapped in her own body. Not all the patients in her room handle the situation as well as she does.

There are a lot of shady characters in this book. Her family and an opportunistic ambulance chaser turn her into a media sensation. Her adorable, but gullible aunt brings around a con artist. Even her friend and roommate isn't always trustworthy.
And WHO is sending pictures of her to the Internet Tabloids?

The narrator, Maureen Jones, does the humor and intrigue great justice. Her southern accent is good, though I did occasionally detect some random Canadian. Her timing is spot on and I'll look for more of her work to enjoy.

Honestly, I wouldn't have minded a bit more righteous revenge, but maybe I'm a little meaner than Marigold.

Highly recommend.



  • The Dead Cat Bounce

  • By: Sarah Graves
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Since she bought her rambling fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn't so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there's the little matter of the dead man in Jake's storeroom, an ice pick planted firmly in his cranium. Jake's unknown guest turns out to be local boy turned billionaire Threnody McIlwaine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow starter, but gradullay gets there.

  • By Doug Wilkie on 06-25-14

Strong beginning to an everchanging series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I really liked this book. I've listened to all but the last of this series and have mostly enjoyed all of it.

DCB is what I consider a cozy mystery. It also has some ghostly overtones. It's in the first person. All these add up to a big yes from me. Later in the series though, it seems as if Ms. Graves wants to venture into psychological thrillers and gives us some truly awful human beings - and third person narrative. It's my opinion that it would have been a good idea to do that with a new series instead of changing the entire tone of her books. In addition, things or problems stated in the first few books (I don't want to do spoilers here so I'm trying to be careful) become extreme and overbearing. They don't feel like a slow reveal, they feel as if the author changed her mind about her characters, unraveled, and re-knitted them. The calm voice of sanity deposited into murderous situations became much more caustic than I was comfortable with.

Also, the ghosts are intermittent in the series. We get a feeling that there's more to find out, but, after 15 books, I still don't know much about them.

Lindsay Ellison is wonderful. Her voice is homey and still interesting. A voice you can settle in with. Her New England accent work is very very good. I wouldn't have minded a bit more character differentiation though. Sometimes (but not always) it's hard to know who is saying what.

This seems like a bad review for a book I really liked. I can highly recommend the first handful, but look out for the third person and the dual (or more) POVs that start to pop up...but maybe they won't bother you as much as they bother me.

  • Corrupted

  • A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342

Bennie Rosato, the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior, and she doesn't like to fail. Now a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa Scottoline Outdid Herself with 'Corrupted!'

  • By Tracy P. on 12-21-15

Enthralling, but Burton misses the humor

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-18

It's probably best if I start out by stating that I am a die-hard Rosenblat-o-phile. For me, she IS Bennie and Mary and Judy (though, I think anybody could be Anne). There are always reasons we can never know when the originating narrator is replaced so I do try to be open to the new voice when it happens.

Kate Burton is an amazing dramatic actress. It's in her DNA. Her voice is gorgeous and she reads well. If I didn't know Ms. Scottoline's work so well, I might not have noticed that the humor, the wryness was even there to be missed. But it is and it was. Burton is simply not well-rounded enough for Bennie and Judy and Mary.

Having said all that, I had a very hard time turning this audio off. I love a good back-story and half this book is just that. It's a story about grave, unbelievable injustice and how a single moment can change a life forever. A sweet, soft child with a strong code of ethics and another child made hard by his very different life - well, it's all just so heartbreaking. And wonderful.

I love Scottoline and I loved this book. Even with the humorless read, it's worth the time and the credit.

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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,639

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Gorgeous Recollection Piece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This (too) short piece is simply lovely. And bittersweet. Her voice is emotive velvet.

What a brilliant place to spend even a small part of a childhood! I've never lived with an alcoholic, but Ms. Washington gives us, along with her happy memories, a glimpse into those feelings of love and betrayal that surely come for a child of an addicted parent. As well as some of that parent's pain.

Such a gift from Sharon Washington and Audible. I loved it.

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    Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    94 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Shooting in the Shop

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Carole Seddon hates Christmas – it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her best friend, Jude, drags her along to go shopping at a local store called Gallimaufry, she can feel her inner-Scrooge knocking. Then Gallimaufry is burnt down and a body is discovered. It seems like a tragic accident, but it’s not natural causes when a gun is involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tops in plot, people & narrator

  • By Lynn on 08-24-10

Fethering Cozy Mysteries. Best from Brett so far!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Many years ago, I read most of the Charles Paris series by Simon Brett. I did love them, but for the fact that Paris inevitably self-sabotaged every single time. (I'm planning to give them another go to see if I can find a better perspective)
But these WONDERFUL ladies, do change and grow, ever so slowly, as the series progresses. Carole, formerly with the Home Office (a British Government branch that covers national security, immigration, visas and MI5), formerly married, and mother to an adult son, is a bit of a stick. She's self-conscious, and controls her emotions and is a brilliant puzzler, but is also extremely lonely. She got a dog so she'd have an excuse for walking by the sea every day. She worried what people would think if she went on her own.

Her neighbor, Jude, is an unabashed hippie. She's free and laughing - and very mysterious about her life.
Together they become the snoop sisters of Fethering, a village beautifully drawn with recurring characters and venues. Brett makes certain we visitors are made to feel at home.

Very simply, I adore this series.

The Stabbing in the Stable is book six (I recommend you start from the beginning, if you can) and Brett reads it himself in this version. He does a wonderful job with it. Geoffrey Howard has read most of the others I've heard and is also very good. I thought it would be odd to hear a series about two women narrated by men, but it seems to work just fine.

I very highly recommend these to lovers of cozies. I'm looking forward to the rest of these and continuing on with his other series.

  • Warning Call

  • The Black Pages Series, Book 2
  • By: Danny Bell
  • Narrated by: Whitton A. Frank
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

 An unbeatable mythological horror has its sights set on Elana, and that's not the worst of her problems. Gods want to use her, shadowy agents want to eliminate her, and a powerful sorcerer wants to kill her; all as she rushes to stop an event that portends the death of her best friend, Olivia. It's all catching up with her, and just in time for Christmas. Elana is going to have to figure out how all of it is connected but she's in over her head, outnumbered, and running out of time. And she always thought magic would make her life easier.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Killer Sequel that Stands on Its Own!

  • By CLOregon on 08-07-18

Who needs a Tardis when you have a Bookstore?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This book was a lot to unpack. It doesn't stand alone, by the way, so read Empty Threat first.

I have to say that I wish there had been more reminders of who is who and what is what. Because. Unpacking. Lots.
Elana is a young introvert who has stumbled (maybe) into magic and a special brand of fantasy. She has a major God-like creature angry at her and another who wants her to become her pet assassin. While evading 2-headed monsters and avoiding murder, she's also trying to re-build broken friendships.

But all she really wants to do is save everybody. And, for some reason, she wants to do it by herself. This is a hard concept for me. I mean, even Jack Bower had sidekicks. Though usually they were at a desk on a computer while he outran all the bullets on his own. I did like her refusal to accept that, if your only two choices suck, then there must be a third choice out there. That is heroism in the vein of Kirk and Kent. I can only guess that Elana's sweeping embrace of her sudden power and purpose are about her, as yet unrevealed, heritage. Stay tuned?

Whitton Frank is very talented with dialogue. I think her exposition needs work. And that may be because the core voice of the book is Elana's and I found that voice too stagey and not personal enough. As in she's performing the story from a big stage instead of telling it to me in my headphones. She does find that intimate tone in several of her other characters though - so yay! Her accent work was fun and not heavy-handed. The book itself has some very funny lines and concepts in it and I think Ms. Frank didn't do Mr. Bell's humor the justice it deserved.

Overall, I did like it and can recommend it highly.

  • Witch Slapped

  • Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery series, Book 3
  • By: Danielle Garrett
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Holly's got a big problem . . . And this time, there's no dead body involved. At least, not yet. Her boyfriend's parents are coming into town for the Yule Feast and they're staying at the Beechwood Manor for an entire week! With a paranormal meet-the-parents on the horizon, the last thing she needs is to stumble into yet another murder investigation, but when she becomes a key witness, there's no way of avoiding it. Especially not if vampires are involved and her human partner-in-sleuthing is racing right into their path.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm rooting hard for Nick. Don't judge me.

  • By Maggie May on 06-11-18

I'm rooting hard for Nick. Don't judge me.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Witch Slapped may be the best of the three so far in this series. There's a caveat though. It won't stand alone. You won't know who's magical or knows about magic if you don't start from the beginning. Also, I like Adam, but I'm firmly #TeamNick

Overall the book and the series are a lot of fun (a big criteria for me when I'm escapist listening). Here we have rogue vampires and a meet-the-parents scenario, murder, and conspiracy. The magical characters are well drawn and individual. I confess that I've lost track of who is who in the coffee shop. Small reminders of their back stories would have been helpful.

My only problem with the story? Holly is in Beachwood Harbor on probation because she's made some bad choices and isn't allowed in magical havens any more. So what does she do? She breaks her parole pretty flagrantly. I don't find this okay. I mean, no mitigating or overwhelming circumstances are presented in order for this to be excusable. She loses some of her heroine status (in my eyes) simply because of the way her potion making is handled. Maybe this will be addressed in subsequent books.

As for Amanda Ronconi - she would have to work hard to do something wrong for my ears. She's light and quirky and connects perfectly with any copy thrown at her. It feels to me as if she's doing more with her character voices these days, which is all to the good.
Recommend - but listen to the other books first.

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